Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States died today. He was 93.
The man was President. He lived a full and relatively healthy 93 years. You don’t mourn a death like that. You celebrate the life.
I’m a pretty partisan guy, but apart from pardoning Richard Nixon, I hold nothing against President Ford. In fact, I think we were pretty lucky to have somebody like him in the White House at that very tumultuous moment in our nation’s history. While I was only 13 at the time, I actually secretly preferred Ford over Jimmy Carter in the 1976 general election. (My personal misgivings about Carter were misplaced, but my political instincts proved to be dead on.)
Hmm. I wonder if President Ford will be given the same sort of lavish state funeral afforded President Reagan?